Voters voting on new voting system say vote 'requires new voting system'

Britain's tentative foray towards a new electoral system has been thrown into disarray by a legal objection to the forthcoming referendum.  The vote, due to take place on May 5th, will allow the electorate to decide whether to retain the current first-past-the-post approach, or to change to a new Alternative Vote (AV) system.

Critics of the referendum, however, have launched a court case against the coalition government, arguing that the only way that voters will be able to assess AV is by using it for the referendum.  They propose a referendum on the referendum, using AV to enable voters to rank their preferences on what voting system to use when deciding what voting system to use.

"Voters don't understand AV," said chief complainant Alison Wonderland. "They need a vote on the vote, using the new voting system, to find out if they want to use a new voting system as their voting system."

UK Prime Minister Vapid Cannonball, claimed this was ridiculous, and a waste of taxpayers' money, but Wonderland contested this. "Most things Cannonball claims to be bad are actually good," she said, "such as trees and libraries, and most things he says are good, like big business, are actually terrible. So when it comes to voting, I suggest people just do the opposite of whatever he recommends."

Turnout for the referendum, and indeed any election for the rest of British history, will be less than 7%.